15 April 2009 08:48:21
My favourite tree.
This is muy current favourite tree, a multi-stemmed Silver Birch. There is a mature stand of pines sheltering this tree. Birch does not tolerate the strong winds that hit the Kerry coast, but once there is adequate shelter, you can get nice rewards just like this tree.
15 April 2009 08:44:34
Killing off the weeds around the small trees.
My visit back to my Kerry garden in March/April allowed me to add more pines to fill in the many gaps in the shelter belts. Once the shelter has been established in the 1 &1/2 acres in front of the house, I will be able to make much more impressive progress with the developement of the garden.
In areas where there has been good shelter established, the broadleaved trees are starting to really look great. There are now some really nice examples of Silver Birch, Ash (Fraxinus) and a sparkling Weeping Willow.
I had much of the areas where there are small trees sprayed with weed killer and I then added some fertilizer (7-6-17). This will give these trees a huge boost. By the end of this year I expect to see big changes in how the major shelter belt has progressed. Then it will be on to bigger and better planting schemes inside the rows of shelter.